Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on improving the plight of persons deprived of liberty through the Interim National Preventive Mechanism

Even before the pandemic, prison populations are among those most vulnerable given the conditions of detention—typically with poor hygiene, dramatic overcrowding, and poor healthcare infrastructure within these facilities. Such situation, if not addressed, may result to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment, which goes against the country’s commitment to the UN Convention Against Torture […]